Epidendrum orgyale Lindl. 1845 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Orgyale Type for the subgroup

NO Drawing

Common Name The Reveling Epidendrum [possibly refers to the rife growth of the orchid]

Flower Size .8” [2 cm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia and Loja province of Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing, monopodial terrestrial with braching, cane-like, terete, straight stems carrying 3 to 8 on the main stem, distichous, articulate, sub-coriaceous, ovate-oblong, obtuse, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, without a spathe, racemose, occuring only once, suberect, peduncle very short, simultaneously 6 to 25 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the ovary, subulate, acuminate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy, yellow flowers.

"Epidendrum orgyale is part of GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Orgyale characterized by the monopodial, sub-apical branching habit, erect to sub-erect inflorescences, lax, non-resupinate flowers, and the lip entire. The species is recognized by the yellow flowers, the floral segments slightly reflexed, .48 to .6' [12 to 15 mm] long, the ovary elongate, slightly inflated, the lip entire, reniform, the margin serrulate. Epidendrum jimburense Hágsater & Dodson has ovate to elliptic leaves, brown flowers, the lip yellow, sepals and petals spreading, .56 to .8" [14 to 20 mm] long, floral bracts nearly as long as the ovary, and a reniform, emarginate lip. Epidendrum quadrangulatum A.D. Hawkes is vegetatively very similar, but the flowers are large, the floral segments partly spreading, and the lip subquadrate." Hagsater etal 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 249 Schlechter 1920; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 449 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1268 Hagsater & Santiago 2009 drawing not = E citrochlorinum; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1289 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1292 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 12 Plate 1299 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017; Icones Orchidacearum 17(2) Plate 1757 Hagsater & Jimenez 2020 see APPENDIX 1: Corrections to earlier volumes of Icones Orchidacearum ;